Hundreds throng concert to hear Saif sing
Heavy-duty sound, classy guitar strumming, head banging and bling: Seagram’s Royal Stag concert featuring Parikrama, Strings and actor Saif Ali Khan — had it all. Rachana Dubey tells us.Updated: Jan 21, 2008 00:41 IST
Heavy-duty sound, classy guitar strumming, head banging and bling: Seagram’s Royal Stag concert on Sunday — featuring Parikrama, Strings and actor Saif Ali Khan — had it all.
The opening performance was by debutant boy band F4 comprising Meiyang, Suhit, Abhishek and Parleen, all Indian Idol 3 finalists. The band confidently performed songs from its soon-to-be-released album. Following F4’s debut public performance was Pakistani band Strings.
The line-up comprising Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia, and two additional guitarists, got the audience to life. They set the stage on fire with their title track Zinda, a special track So ja, Dil ye chahe, and a mix of hit Hindi movie numbers like Ye jawaani hai deewani, Jaanu meri jaan and Hum hain naye. And of course, the super-hit Dhaani’.
The band spoke about the musical unity between India and Pakistan and the need to respect each other’s music and talent. Kapadia invited five ecstatic girls to join them on stage for chorus singing.
Next, the stage darkened and Delhi band Parikrama made a stylish entry. Lead singer Nitin Malik’s probably got the loudest applause of the evening. Their first number In the mirror saw some mean guitar playing. This was followed by a Jimi Hendrix cover track. Malik ensured the crowd was with him. His constant interaction and hilarious comments kept the audience in splits between songs.
Next was Iron Maiden’s Trooper followed by the band’s original track Vapourised. Soon after, the star of the evening, Saif Ali Khan took to the stage with the band. Their first track together was by Saif’s favourite band AC/DC, called Whole lotta rosie. Then, it was Pink Floyd’s Run. In between all this, Saif sang and spoke to the crowd. He sang Road house by The Doors dedicated to his son Ibrahim and Johnny Biggle by Chuckle Berry for his daughter Sara, who was watching her father sing.
The evening ended with Parikrama playing Deep Purple’s Smoke on water and AC/DC’s Highway to hell. And the audience was craving for more.